silverchair has parted ways with their record company, Sony Music. The band's manager, John Watson, confirmed today that the Newcastle trio's contract with the multinational corporation had expired and the band would not be renewing it.
"silverchair has enjoyed a very successful relationship with Sony Music over the last six years", said Watson, "but that relationship has now run it's course. The company was unable to give the band the kind of future controls over their music which other labels are offering so it was simply time to move on. silverchair and myself are very excited about the great new opportunities which are being presented to the band."
During their time with Sony Music's murmur and Epic labels silverchair have sold almost six million albums globally. They have enjoyed more top ten hits in Australia during the last decade than any other local act.
The band is currently writing and rehearsing in Newcastle after taking a break for most of this year. In January they will play the biggest show of their career to date when they appear in front of over 250,000 people at Rock In Rio alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The group's singer/guitarist, Daniel Johns, confirmed that silverchair will record a new album in 2001. "I've been writing lots of new songs and I'm really pleased with how they're coming together", he said. "Ben, Chris and I are looking forward to playing in Rio and to making more music together."
It has not yet been revealed which record company has landed the right to release future silverchair recordings. However, an announcement will definitely be made within the next four weeks.
The 'chair have cleaned up in Drum Media readers poll, the UK's tastemaker magazine Rocksound and Canada's Chart magazine.
Check out these results.
No.1 Favourite Australian Album of 1999
No.2 Favourite Australian Artist of 1999
No.1 Favourite Band/Act in the Whole Wide World
No.3 Gig of the Year (silverchair live at the Hordern)
Daniel was also voted Sex Symbol of the Year
No.3 International Band behind Korn and Foo Fighters but polling ahead of great acts like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marilyn Manson, Rage, Metallica and the Offspring.
No.3 Best International Album (behind Slipknot and Red Hot Chili Peppers)
No.1 Best International Album of 1999
No.12 Best Song of 1999 Ana's Song
silverchair's Anthem For The Year 2000 won the 1999 MTV Video Music Award for best Australian video. The Anthem video was directed by Gavin Bowden and was filmed in Sydney with a huge cast of 'chair fans as extras. It's the second MTV award for silverchair: the Freak video won in 1997.
Chairpage has won an award for "Most Popular Australian Artist Site".
The ONYA award was presented to chairpage at the annual Australian Online Music Awards, this year held at "The Basement" in Sydney.
This award would not have been possible without the votes and support of you the silverchair fans. Thank you to everyone who voted for us. We very much appreciate your support.
Silverchair singer/guitarist Daniel Johns has been completely cleared of all allegations of harassment which had been brought against him in a Newcastle Court case.
A woman calling herself "Emily Spencer" had initiated court proceedings in which she claimed Johns had threatened and harassed her.
Subsequent media reports revealed that the woman's real name was actually Jodie Ann Marie Barnes.
Today Ms Barnes unequivocally withdrew her allegations in Newcastle Local Court. Her legal representative, Mr Ron Vercoe, said that the allegations were "totally untrue" and "unsubstantiated." On behalf of Ms Barnes, Mr Vercoe apologised to the Court and to Mr Johns for the "trauma" which this case had caused him and his family.
Mr Vercoe said that it was "… the strangest case he had seen in four decades…" and added that he could not understand how the matter had been allowed to progress this far. He said that this area of the law could benefit from reforms to prevent people from bringing such "fallacious and petty claims" against innocent parties.
As Ms Barnes' claims were completely untrue, the withdrawal was not opposed.
A spokesman for Daniel Johns pointed out that these groundless charges had received widespread media coverage including a front page story in Johns' home town newspaper. "I hope that the media covers the truth of this matter as prominently as they covered the lies," he said.
Daniel Johns said: "These completely false charges and the sensationalised media coverage which they have received in some places have been very upsetting for myself and my family. I'm glad the truth has finally come out."
silverchair continue to be Australia's favourite band by a big margin, according to the results of the latest annual readers poll conducted by Rolling Stone magazine.
The band topped these categories:
* Artist of the Year
* Best album
* Best male performer (Daniel Johns)
* Best band
* Best single: 1. Freak 2. Cemetery
* Best songwriter (Daniel Johns)
* Comeback of the Year
* Best album cover (Freak Show)
* Best video (Freak)
In addition, Nick Launay (Freak Show) won best producer and silverchair were runners up in three other categories, including best hard rock band and best indie rock band.
"I don't know about silverchair being in the "best comeback" category," said chairpage's Canberra correspondent Anthony Calvert. "Were they ever really gone? I reckon "best follow-up" would be more appropriate."
Announcement of the awards appeared in Rolling Stone Australia's April issue.
The members of silverchair are still enjoying their extended break, but as summer moves into autumn in Australia, there is news to report!
The band regrouped in February to record a new song for the upcoming Godzilla soundtrack, and lent their name and a song to help keep the playing field level for Australian artists.
First to learn about the new song (called Untitled) were members of the Llama Appreciation Society, who recently received issue No. 9 of the LAS newsletter. The mailing also included an exclusive colour photo card with pictures from the Summer Freak Show tour by the ARIA-award winning photographer and art director Kevin Wilkins.
LAS members also learned what the band members have been up to over the break. Chris Joannou visited Thailand for two weeks while Ben Gillies took a holiday in North Queensland. Daniel's been laying low at home, hanging with his mates, playing with Sweep, cooking for himself a lot, and (of course) watching tele -- the U.S. cartoon South Park and the Aussie soap Neighbours, in particular. Ben and Chris also saw U2's Popmart tour as it stopped in Sydney.
The newsletter includes exclusive photos from the wild Summer Freak Show finale in Perth, Chris catching rays in Thailand, and Ben showing his style in the kitchen. Only LAS members get the newsletter, and if you're not a member, check out the LAS web page to find out how to join.
17. silverchair - Freak
73. silverchair - Cemetery
83. silverchair - Tomorrow
silverchair placed two tunes in the list of the Hottest 100 songs of 1997, according to those who voted in a poll conducted by Australia's Triple J radio.
Freak came in at No. 13 and The Door was 27th. It was the first time two silverchair songs were voted to thelist in the same year. Tomorrow was No. 5 in 1994 behind Zombie by the Cranberries, Closer by Nine Inch Nails and two songs by the Offspring -- Self Esteem and Come Out & Play.
Triple J also included Abuse Me in their list of 300 possible songs for 1997, but it did not place in the top 100. silverchair also released Cemetery as a single in Australia during 1997.
The number one song of the year, according to the voters, was No Aphrodisiac by The Whitlams. Other songs placing higher than Freak were:
* Blur - Song 2
* Chumbawamba - Tubthumping
* The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony
* Pauline Pantsdown - Back Door Man
* Blink-182 - Dammit
* Radiohead - Paranoid Android
* Marilyn Manson - Beautiful People
* Radiohead - Karma Police
* Jebediah - Leaving Home
* Smash Mouth - Walkin' On The Sun
* Ben Folds Five - One Angry Dwarf...
In addition to placing 10th with Leaving Home, silverchair's label mates Jebediah also had the No. 33 song with Military Strongmen. Other Murmur bands on the list were Something For Kate (Captain [Million Miles] at No. 39) and Ammonia (You're Not The Only One at 43).
A number of bands who have shared a stage with silverchair also placed on the list: The Tea Party's Temptation was No. 44, Everclear had the 51st (So Much For The Afterglow) and 54th (Everything To Everyone) songs, Love Rollercoaster by the Red Hot Chili Peppers was 55th, and Local H made the list with Bound For The Floor at No. 96.
The Australian ABC TV special entitled silverchair - From Frogstomp to Freak Show aired on Nov. 22, 1997 as part of the network's salute to Australian Music Week. The one-hour production was highly entertaining, humorous and extremely well presented.
Presenter Dylan Lewis and the Enforcer, his mute sidekick, gave some basic history of Newcastle and silverchair in their "normal" energetic style while terrorising the local population.
There were interviews with people in the music industry who gave some "behind the scenes" details on everything from winning the Nomad competition to how silverchair is presented as a group.
While cruising around Newcastle in Chris's EH Holden with Dylan and the Enforcer, the band answered some generally probing questions punctuated by mostly live performance video clips including:
* Tomorrow (Cambridge Hotel, June '95)
* Israel's Son (Sydney Showground, April '96)
* Freak (video clip)
* The Door (JJJ Real Appeal, July '97)
* Cemetery (Toronto, February '97)
* No Association - (Recovery TV show)
* Abuse Me (video clip)
* Abuse Me (Late Show with David Letterman, February '97)
* Suicidal Dream (JJJ Real Appeal, July '97)
Dylan Lewis interviewed the band members collectively and separately, eliciting insights into their lives, personalities and influences. The Enforcer added spice to the presentation by always being in the background doing the unthinkable, such as mooning a barking neighbours dog, trying to kick down the fence of Newcastle High School, and stealing things from the Johns family home (including an attempt on Daniel's dog, Sweep).
The hour went by quickly. The production was fast paced and informative and held the attention of viewers right through to the end of the credits.
It is heartening to see the Australian ABC utilising their resources to help promote such a wonderful talent as silverchair. Congratulations to everyone involved.